3/4/2017 – 4/4/2017
Here we are at last in Kakadu and ready to explore. As expected you have to work a little harder to see the sights here as opposed to Litchfield, many of the roads closed due to still being water logged but even if they were open we probably wouldn’t be driving on them.
Starting at Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre we wander through a very informative introduction to the people living in this area with great displays and all free of charge – a surprise as everyone had warned us off coming here as you only have to scratch your …. nose and it costs you money! Alas it is time to head out of this air-conditioned comfort and get walking out in the real world.
Mirrai Lookout is a first introduction to bush walking in Kadadu. It is hot and of course the pathway leads upwards with steeper sections to come. There is no relief from the pressing heat and the air almost feels too thick to breathe. It is a great feeling to reach the top and at last feel a breeze – even though even it is warm it does has a cooling effect since we are dripping with sweat! Lovely 360degree views of the lowlands, the tablelands and out to the East Alligator River, which is difficult to pick out on the horizon being clothed in a foggy haze. Its hard to believe we are looking out over to the vast distance ranges, which border Arnham Land, and unbeknown to us, we will be walking amongst tomorrow.
Burrungkuy and Nourlangie are the next on the agenda to see the some of the significant rock paintings of the area. This walk is much more pleasant, the track taking you into rock shaded areas, which, is a good deal cooler than being out in the open. The artwork is extensive from evil spirits to dancing paintings with basic descriptions to help understand their meaning. It is fantastic too that they are not behind cages and screens and thankfully people seem to be very respectful – just wanting to look, take photos and leave.
Our last walk is a relatively short walk to look out over a billabong. The surface we climb is the perfect example of what a conglomerate rock formation looks like – you would swear someone was mixing up a concoction of quartz rock and black concrete on purpose.
The great escarpments we are walking around are huge, intimidating sheer cliffs, which create such welcome shade and dominate the landscape. Impossible to capture the size and enormousness of them in one small photo.